ESPN to broadcast live and on-demand coverage of Sydney’s X Games.
ESPNPlayer.com will deliver live and on-demand coverage of the 2018 X Games Sydney in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the world’s top action sports athletes gather in Spotless Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park. Athletes from across the globe will take part in the first ever X Games in Australia.
The sports and disciplines set to feature include Skateboard: Big Air, Street (Men’s & Women’s), Vert (Demo Only), BMX: Big Air, Dirt, Street, Vert (Demo Only) and MOTO X: Best Trick, Best Whip, Freestyle, Step U.
The live action starts on ESPN Player at 1.45am BST on the morning of Friday 19th October with the Men’s BMX Dirt Qualifier, and continues with events including Skateboard Big Air, BMX Street and Moto X Doubles.
Saturday’s action begins at 1.30am and will feature BMX Big Air, Skateboard Street and the Moto X Freestyle final, as well the BMX Dirt final. Sunday is the final day, and kicks off with the BMX Big Air Final at 2am, followed by finals including Moto X QuarterPipe High Air, and Men’s Skateboard Street.
The biggest names in action sports are set to take part in the games, including British athletes Ben Wallace and Alex Donnachie. Wallace will be going for gold in the BMX Dirt competition after taking silver in the event at X Games Austin in 2014 and 2016. Donnachie will compete in BMX Street as he makes his third ever X Games appearance.
Skateboard superstar Nyjah Huston, who has 12 X Games gold medals, including eight golds, will be hoping to add to his collection in the Men’s Skateboard Street. BMX supremo Ryan Williams is set to make only his second ever X Games appearance as he competes in BMX Big Air. The Sydney crowd will get behind Australian Moto X star Jackson Strong, who will be keen to add to his four golds and three silvers at the first ever X Games down under.
In Women’s Skateboard Street, the three medallists from X Games Minneapolis will renew their rivalry. American Mariah Duran took gold, and will be sure to face tough competition from Japanese silver medallist Aori Nishimura, and third placed Alexis Sablone from the US. Candy Jacobs from the Netherlands, and Austrian Julia Brueckler are the only Europeans to compete in the discipline.
Fans can watch all the X Games Sydney 2018 action live and on demand on ESPN Player with a subscription to ESPN Select, which also provides access to the ESPN Films catalogue, including The Birth of Big Air. The documentary celebrates the rise of BMX legend Matt Hoffman and his impact on the sport. Academy Award nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sport fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to “Big Air”.
The Birth of Big Air is available alongside a host of films from ESPN’s critically acclaimed 30 for 30 series. Subscribers will also be able to take advantage of ESPN Player’s on-demand service to watch the action from previous X Games events.
Visit ESPNPlayer.com for more information and to subscribe to the ESPN Select 24 Hour Pass for £4.99 or the ESPN Select monthly pass for complete access to the event and other exclusive sports coverage. – ESPN